Category Archives: awareness

(Issue #628) The Story of the Fire


Right or wrong, never knowing what might happen,she was on high alert most of the time. ~~~~~ As I remember, I was about six or seven years old. We lived in a second-floor flat. Mom had to go pickup Dad … Continue reading

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(Issue #608) Interconnections  


Not sure where the words came from but there they sat in my consciousness. ~~~~~ In the Spring of 2015, Laurie and I made reservations to celebrate our 40th anniversary (February 2016) in Jamaica. A few months later she was … Continue reading

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Community Bright Spots! Deck the Chairs


NOTE: You can find more information about the mission of this page here This beaches holiday tradition (since 2013) has become home to many bright spots. You can find more information here. Enjoy your week. And remember to stop and appreciate your Community … Continue reading

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(Issue #603) Counting Things That Matter


Rather than counting why you’re right and I’m wrong, or I’m up and your down,or they’re out of bounds and we’re right on target,can we count on the times/things/topics on which we agree? ~~~~~ Information overload. We all experience it … Continue reading

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(Issue #594) The Sunrise is the Experience


Color. Texture. Sound. Feel. Location. Sea Life. Energy. Self. ~~~~~ Heard it again. About sunrise and redundancy. “I don’t get it. Sunrise, again? Why bother? They all look the same!” Were to begin? First, I’ll offer that one may prefer … Continue reading

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(Issue #580) What if Teachers….


It comes down to seeing the person as someone in need of what you have to offer. And finding a respectful many in which to connect with that individual. After my most-recent experience with a repairman not returning phone calls, … Continue reading

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(Issue #576) Imagine The Karma Of Nobody Told Me


Or maybe we chose—and choose—to imaginethat what we heard and saw would be a passing thing with no immediate consequences. A few months before his murder in 1980, John Lennon entered the studio to record “Nobody Told Me.” It would … Continue reading

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(Issue #574) Did You Really See That?


What we know we saw, we may not have seen at all. One of the first steps in critical thinking requires we recognize assumptions.  When we read, see, or hear something, before we draw a conclusion do we evaluate the … Continue reading

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(Issue #573) Minding Your To-Don’ts


What do you have on your “To-Don’t” list? What would you like to add? One of the most significant signals Roxie and I learned as we navigated Canine Good Citizen class consists of two words: Leave It! It is a … Continue reading

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(Issue #572) Determining Relevance: Three Words


Consider three words—three questions—when determiningthe relevance of your actions. During my teaching career (classroom and workshops) providing relevant instruction motivated me each day. The bottom-line question that challenged me: “How does what I do today have relevance for the people … Continue reading

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